Originally Posted by Captain_Strato
Do you recall which size you demo'd for the 8.7's and AC50's?
Also, can you tell me your size?
How large a difference did you experience between the two?
Dawgcatching did rave about the 8.7. He also like the AC50's, but he 8.7's stole his heart. He does excellent reviews.
I also saw the comments by the other 4 posters you mentioned. Epic's an excellent leading-indicator for shop gear-buyers.
I tried the 8.7 magnum in 174, and the AC50n in 177..
I'm lightweight at 155#, level 8-ish, former ski instructor, older, but still aggressive, about 60%-on piste...
The AC50 felt too stiff, maybe I should have tried the 170, but generally Volkls ski short, and the 174 Blizzard felt like a longer ski (177-ish)....
On hard refrozen early am snow, the Blizzards were smoother and held the carve better, whereas the AC50 skittered around much like a Mantra with intermittent grip even at high edge angles...
As the surface softened both skis were great performers, but the Blizzards were lighter feeling and more fun, also less demanding with a bigger sweetspot and not as solid/planky as the AC50....Blizzard more like a Fischer, Volkl more like a Volkl!!
I had as much fun on the Blizzards in 6-8" crud as on my own 177 Head iM 78s which are stupid easy to ski in shallow crud...
Neither was a barrel of fun in moguls, altho again I had an easier time with the Blizzards..
These differences were not huge, and I'm guessing a heavier person might prefer the AC50...??
Both skis are super stable at speed in soft snow....
Hope this helps...